Written by Jo Nesbø
Number 4 in Harry Hole
Genre: Crime, Thriller, Norwegian
Original Language: Norwegian
Read from 2019-06-19 to 2019-07-01
Read in Norwegian
Review: I really want to say “I will make no excuses for loving this book”, but I did love this book, and, for some reason, as this is a bit of a popcorny crime-story, I feel like I need to make excuses for that. So I hereby apologize for feeling the need to excuse the fact that I loved this book - which I did.
Sure, Sorgenfri (translated to “Nemesis”) is no great work of literature, and, in fact, during this book I had the realisation of why these books translate very well: it’s so much about the story rather than the language, that I can see the story working almost regardless of how it is conveyed. And that’s not to say the language is bad, the story is just really good.
In a way that fascinates me the story in the book reads like a pretty average crime-novel, but once I stopped to think about it (which, to the credit of the book, I only really did when I was “forced” to speak to people about it, and explain what was happening) what it’s actually doing is making a pretty extraordinary story seem ordinary. This story ends up having quite a lot of layers, and being quite complex, but amazingly it never got confusing at all. Reading the book never felt like work, it was a page-turner throughout, and even though the twists weren’t completely unpredictable, that’s only because there was a sensible amount of potential clues and foreshadowing planted in the satisfying way where the twists were things I had thought might happen, but where the way in which they did happen still led to some surprising twists within the twists.
This is a great little book, and if the Harry Hole books continue being anything as good as this, that Nesbø guy deserves all the praise that is being directed toward him.